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Comment Re:Well then... (Score 1) 586

All I know about this particular incident is from the link the parent provided, but that doesn't seem to be the case - nothing indicates he had a weapon, or acted physically aggressive. The description most often used in the article is "tirade".

The man can be heard in the video shouting a wide range of racist insults, and at one point, he even raises his fist in a salute and shouts: "White power!" At another moment in the video, the man pulls out his phone and stands directly in front of Duhra.

It really does seem like he was charged with assault for a "racist tirade", which isn't entirely unbelievable, given it happened in Canada.

Comment Re:Well then... (Score 1) 586

You are free to be as racist as you want, and to shout it to the world. One person did, and while hate charges were considered, they did not apply []. He was just charged with simple assault.

Seriously? That's even worse. He was charged with "assault" - a word which, everywhere else in the world, implies physical violence - for *saying* something. That's the stupidest thing I've heard in...well, in the last 45 minutes, but most of those things were said by moronic teenagers on the internet, not the legislated code of laws of a purportedly civilized country.

Comment Re:bah humbug global warming (Score 2) 235

Bleaching intensity decreased along a southerly gradient. While most reefs exhibited some degree of bleaching, this bleaching varied in intensity (from less than 10% to over 90% community bleaching) and was patchy throughout most of the management area.

Did that bleaching gradient correlate with a similar temperature gradient? Sea temperatures have risen less than a degree centigrade since the 1800s; if coral reefs are *that* sensitive to temperature changes, they're probably screwed either way - humanity might be speeding it up, but the world's still on a warming trend absent human impact too. It's sad, but organisms that cannot adapt to changing environments die.

Comment Re:NO to popular vote (Score 1) 1424

The problem with this, is that it's actually not in any state's benefit to do so. If you're a winner-takes-all state, then the stakes are high, and the candidates need to pay attention to you. If you're a proportional state, then campaigning there is only going to net you a handful of votes - there'll be a large core that stays for each party, with a relatively small number of votes attached to the swing voters. There's no real incentive for the candidates to pay any attention to you whatsoever.

In order for that to work, it'd have to be federally mandated and enforced, which would be problematic in itself.

Comment Re:Change the law (Score 4, Informative) 1424

It is the exact same thing they do with gerrymandering. They go out of their way to draw the map such that there is as few democratic districts as possible, and the democrats there win elections by very high margins, while there is as many republican districts as possible.

Right, it's always "Republicans" gerrymandering, and the poor, unblemished Democrats who are victims of it.

Comment Re:They didn't succeed though (Score 0) 667

It's because you don't really understand what people mean by "eite".

Trump isn't one of the elite. Sure, he's richer by orders of magnitude than most of the rest of us, but that just makes him "new rich" (Trump inherited his money, but his father made it - it hasn't been in the family that long). He didn't go to Ivy League college; he hasn't spent years politicking to gain power; he hasn't "paid his dues" climbing either of the two major party ladders; he's not a lawyer, nor a military officer; he's never previously held a political post.

You can tell he's not one of the elite by how they reacted to him - in both Democratic and Republican circles. He's not an everyman by any stretch of the imagination, but he's not a member of "the elite" either.

Comment Re: Trump 2016!!! (Score 2) 2837

His general disdain for constitutional rights. People think it's no big deal now because they aren't the target of his disgust, but wait until the day you disagree with him.

You say that like it's a distinguishing feature. You know what would have really made Trump completely unproblematic as a president? Maintaining the original constitutional limits of power, instead of growing the power of the federal government for centuries. The left has been pushing for more power in Washington since forever, because they needed it to "fix" the world. Well, now someone else is sitting in front of those levers you built, promising to "fix" the world.

Do you understand why Libertarians support narrow limits to governmental power now?

Comment Re:Daesh is depreciatory (Score 1) 247

My interpretation of this would be a criticism of the state's immigration/refugee policy. If "21" is his district's number, "Daesh 21" sounds like he thinks his district is turning into an outpost of Islamic State.

But, you know, far be it from the state to persecute people for disagreeing with them by abusing stupid laws.

Comment Re:Dumbphones replaced by smartphones (Score 1) 220

By itself that's no reason Apple should worry, Android got the volume and Apple the big spenders.

Not quite true. Up until the Notesplosion debacle, Samsung had been getting a good chunk of the high-spender market too, along with other manufacturer's Android flagships. Apple got half the big spenders, and Android got half the big spenders, and all the volume.

Comment Re:Why is everyone against Uber? (Score 1) 230

Well, obviously the people living in Austin believe that it is reasonable to make sure that people who run a livery service have been vetted for certain types of criminal behavior.

And it's obvious that Uber disagrees. Because Austin and Uber can't come to an agreement, Uber doesn't operate in Austin. That's not "taking their ball and going home", any more than it is Austin kicking them out of the city - it's simply a "contract" whose terms are not suitable to both parties, and thus isn't taken up.

What are you going to suggest now, that it's unreasonable to fingerprint elementary school teachers and daycare workers to make sure they aren't convicted pedophiles?

Sure. I dunno if it's the same in the US, but here in Australia, you can get a background check without needing to fingerprint someone. The problem isn't the background check, it's the collection (and presumably storing) of biometric information on someone. That sort of stuff usually needs a warrant.

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